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Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit

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Value $7.95
B&H # CEC70MM Mfr # 52238
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You Pay: $89.00
Product Highlights
  • Angled Viewing
  • 32-52.5° Apparent Field of View
  • Includes: 25-75x Zoom Eyepiece
  • Tabletop Tripod
  • Soft Carrying Case

The Celestron C70 Mini Mak Spotting Scope is a Maksutov-Cassegrain type scope, which means it is inexpensive yet powerful. The Maksutov optical design is recognized for being compact, easy to use, and applicable for both terrestrial (land) and astronomical use. This makes it ideal as a tote-along for a car window, or as a travelling companion for all of your sights in life.

This kit includes a tabletop tripod which has built-in slow motion controls, a built-in zoom eyepiece capable of 75x magnification, and a soft carrying case.

Precise tabletop tripod included
Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design with multi-coated optics
Focal length of 750mm
Magnification 25-75x
Objective Lens Diameter 70mm
Angle of View 25x: 1.3°
75x: 0.7°
Field-of-View (@ 1000 Yds) 25x:: 68' (23 m at 1000 m)
75x: 35' (12 m at 1000 m)
Minimum Focus Distance 16' (5.3 m) at 25x
Exit Pupil Diameter 25x: 2.8mm
75x: 0.9mm
Eye Relief 22mm at 25x (unspecified otherwise)
Relative Brightness 25x: 8
75x: 0.8
Twilight Factor 25x: 42
75x: 72
Weatherproofing No
Dimensions 11" (279mm) in length
Weight 2 lbs (910g)
Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit
  • Tabletop Tripod
  • Soft Carrying Case
  • 1.25" Eyepiece Adapter
  • Lifetime "No Fault" Warranty
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    CelestronC70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit
     
    4.1

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong magnification (10)
    • Bright eyepiece (7)
    • Sensitivity controls (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting (15)
      • Bright conditions (7)
      • Astronomy (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (21), Avid adventurer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (17)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Very pleased with this product.

      This product exceeded my expectations. I recently bought a house overlooking the Pacific Ocean and wanted a spotting scope for viewing passing ships. I originally wanted the C90 but it was back ordered and...Read complete review

      This product exceeded my expectations. I recently bought a house overlooking the Pacific Ocean and wanted a spotting scope for viewing passing ships. I originally wanted the C90 but it was back ordered and I ordered the C70 instead. This scope is amazing for the price. The zoom is a nice feature not found in the C90. And the Cassegrain design shortens the scope so that it's more stable than a refractor. The optics are very good--no chromatic abberation that I can see--and the limiting factor in viewing is the atmospheric heat waves over two miles. Great scope--very portable--and for the price of a few large pizzas...I'm satisfied.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good for the Price

      I use the scope for shooting and bird watching. I liked the price and have purchased Celestron products in the past. I was slightly disappointed in the resolution at higher power settings (too...Read complete review

      I use the scope for shooting and bird watching. I liked the price and have purchased Celestron products in the past. I was slightly disappointed in the resolution at higher power settings (too dark). Scope for shooting is very good at 25 yards, good at 50 yards, and fair at 100 yards. Birds watching is good at all powers. The tripod; however, is too wobbly to use at high power settings. Although, I liked the slow motion controls.

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      3.0

      Good choice for the price

      By Inceptor

      from Down Under, Western Hemisphere

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Strong Magnification

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Shooting

        Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

        This scope is a good choice for the price. Clear optics (with some obvious aberrations, of course) and enough sharpness.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Not bad for the price.

        By Viewer

        from AL

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

              C70 Mini Mak, compact scope. I am using it as a spotting scope. Field of view is not great, but it is super compact.

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              4.0

              Nice Scope

              By Brain

              from Missouri

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting

                  Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                  Nice quality and image.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  C70 Mini Mak spotting scope

                  By tc

                  from alberta, canada

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                        nice little spotting scope, compact and simple to use.

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                        4.0

                        Easy to Use

                        By Paul

                        from Springfield, OH

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accepts 125 In Eyepieces
                        • Bright Eyepiece
                        • Easy To Pack And Setup
                        • Fine Az El Adjustments

                        Cons

                        • No Case For Tripod

                        Best Uses

                        • Shooting
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                        This is a small and lightweight unit with good optics. I use it for terrestrial viewing. The zoom eyepiece is good and It can accept standard 1.25 inch eyepieces with the included adapter. I am using a 40 mm Plossl. This gives me a magnification of about 18 with a very clear scene and good eye relief (I wear glasses). Az and El fine adjustments on the tripod are also nice.

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                        3.0

                        Mini Mak C70

                        By Ted

                        from Austin, TX

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Light weight
                        • Value for cost

                        Cons

                        • Poorly Illuminated

                        Best Uses

                        • Bright Conditions

                        Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                        I bought the MiniMak as a spotting scope but found it too dim. I have upgraded to the C90 and am much happier.

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                        5.0

                        Great multi purpose scope

                        By Ecogirl

                        from VA

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Strong Magnification

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Astronomy
                          • Security
                          • Shooting

                          Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                          Used for moon and planetary views. Tripod acceptable. Best used on ground. Crisp views up to x75.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great spotting scope for the range

                          By Tacomaman

                          from Houston, Tx.

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Sensitivity Controls
                          • Strong Magnification

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Shooting

                            Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                            The C70 Mini Mak is easy to set up. I use it at the range for spotting .22cal bullet holes. At 50x from 50yds, it is very clear. Fits easily into a range bag. Great value! I would recommend this product.

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                            4.0

                            Good beginner's scope

                            By yct

                            from hk

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Bright Conditions

                                Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                                I wanted a small scope which will let me experience digi-scoping.

                                I had great fun digi-scoping birds from my apartment window. I manages to capture some good video with my small digicam.

                                I used the Celestron SCOPE /DIGITAL CAMERA ADAPTER to attach my digicam to the zoom eyepiece.

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                                5.0

                                A real bang for the buck

                                By Carol Coast

                                from Leland, NC

                                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Bright Eyepiece
                                • Strong Magnification

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Shooting

                                  Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                                  This scope is great for the range. Targets at 300 yards are seen quite well. This is a sleeper product for those who need a good scope at the range.

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                                  2.0

                                  Not bad if you don't really need one.

                                  By RJMajestic

                                  from the pacific northwest

                                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Inexpensive

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor build quality

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Bird Watching
                                  • Shooting

                                  Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                                  The build quality of this scope is about what you should expect for the price I suppose, but it is well below acceptable. It felt like the kind of product you'd buy direct from china with no brand name on it. The rubber wasn't attached well, and when you take the lens cover off, the rubber surrounding the lens usually comes off with it. I sent it back the day after I received it.

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Celestron C70 Mini Mak Spotting Scope

                                  By fktoml

                                  from Dayton, Ohio

                                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Bright Eyepiece

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Bright Conditions
                                    • Shooting

                                    Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                                    This scope is a great buy for the money. It focuses without shifting the image and is fairly easy to focus. Fairly small and compact too. Need good tripod to use it, but beats the heck out of other inexpensive spotting scopes. It would be nice if it had a sliding ring around the body at the mounting base so you could move the scope around to view the image from the side instead of only from the top.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent for range shooting

                                    By Mumsy

                                    from Bergen County NJ

                                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Strong Magnification

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Shooting

                                      Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                                      Great scope to use at the range!

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                                      • No

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                                      4.0

                                      Impressive for the price

                                      By Keith

                                      from Hickory,NC

                                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                      Pros

                                      • Bright Eyepiece
                                      • Nicely built

                                      Cons

                                      • Tripod is so so

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Astronomy
                                      • Bird Watching
                                      • General Observing
                                      • Shooting

                                      Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                                      Very impressive little scope. No, it will not compare to a higher priced scope naturally, but for the price you pay, you are getting a fantastic little performer. Sharp optics, nicely built and the ability to use other eyepieces. The mini-tripod is plastic, and it do the job, but I am going to use a metal mount I already own. Other than that, its an awesome bargain.

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                                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Best Bang for the Buck

                                      By PCBoss

                                      from Albuquerque, NM

                                      About Me Avid Adventurer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Price
                                      • Value
                                      • Warranty

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Digiscoping
                                        • Shooting

                                        Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                                        You would be hard pressed to find anything even close to this for this price. I have seen spotting scopes for three times the price that did not perform as well. The zoom eyepiece is very good at lower magnifications but the ability to use standard eyepieces really make this the great deal that it is.

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                                        3.0

                                        Good for the Price

                                        By Norm

                                        from Texas

                                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                        Pros

                                        • Low Price
                                        • Slow controls on tripod

                                        Cons

                                        • Cheap Tripod Wobbles
                                        • No hard case
                                        • Not sharp at higher power

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Bright Conditions
                                        • nature watching
                                        • Shooting

                                        Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                                        I use the scope for shooting and bird watching. I liked the price and have purchased Celestron products in the past. I was slightly disappointed in the resolution at higher power settings (too dark). Scope for shooting is very good at 25 yards, good at 50 yards, and fair at 100 yards. Birds watching is good at all powers. The tripod; however, is too wobbly to use at high power settings. Although, I liked the slow motion controls.

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                                        • No

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                                        4.0

                                        Good Sppoting Telescope

                                        By Ellia

                                        from Israel

                                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Bright Conditions

                                            Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                                            The spotting telescope is small and easy to use. The zoom eyepiece is good at low zoom. If you buy this one, I recommed you to add a new more expensive eyepiece.

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                                            5.0

                                            Incredible bargain!!!

                                            By KyGeezer

                                            from Western KY

                                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Bright Eyepiece
                                            • Strong Magnification

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Shooting

                                              Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                                              The Celestron C70 is an incredible bargain. The cheap spotting scope I have is NOT sharp at high powers. The C70 is. The only improvement I would ask for is lower gearing for its focusing.Target shooters, from what I can find on the Internet, evidently don't know about the C70. Celestron is making a HUGE mistake by not advertising its qualities in the NRA's American Rifleman magazine. C70s would sell like hotcakes.

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                                              4.0

                                              Pretty good for its price

                                              By bschimk

                                              from contiguous, us

                                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Size
                                              • Strong Magnification

                                              Cons

                                              • Brigtness over 50x

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Bright Conditions
                                              • Simple astronomy

                                              Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                                              Cons are; included tripod isn't anything special and there isn't anything lower than 25x. The scope works great up to about 50x and then becomes difficult to focus and brightness drops off, but that's to be expected from anything this size which is really quite small and portable. At less than $100 its an excellent value

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                                              4.0

                                              Fun Scope

                                              By Chan

                                              from Sea Bright Nj

                                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Sensitivity Controls

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Bright Conditions
                                                • Peeping
                                                • Shooting

                                                Comments about Celestron C70 Mini Mak 2.7"/70mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Spotting Scope Kit:

                                                Great entry level spotting scope

                                                I have been using it when lifeguarding to spot ships off shore, bathers in distress across the beach and bird watching. Focusing is the most delicate part of the device but the lens is amazing for the price and the dinky little tripod is shaky but great when you get use to it.

                                                happy spotting

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